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Fell Flat - Too much Suspicion and Confusion,
This review is from: Graduation Day (The Testing Trilogy Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
I hate to say it, but this was the least exciting book of the three. Where the first two books were full of action and survival, this one was more mystery and suspicion, and really kind of confusing. The ending was full of action, but it was not described very well, in fact not at all, in some instances and was a missed opportunity to make the story better.
Cia has to decide who to trust as she is given an assignment by the President after discovering that Dr. Barnes was playing both sides and that the rebellion is a ruse to end the Testing. The President gives her a list of 12 names she wants Cia to murder in order for the President to control the Testing’s existence. Cia decides to put her “friends” through a “test” to see which ones she can trust. She knows she trusts Tomas, but Ian, Raffe, and Enzo are questionable. She also warily includes Stacia, knowing what her strengths and weaknesses are.
“If I have to kill, then that’s what I’ll do. Besides, you’d never do anything you weren’t certain was absolutely right. If you believe that by ending The Testing we’ll prevent a potential civil war, that’s good enough for me.” Stacia to Cia
So in order to stop the needless killing in the Testing, Cia is going to murder 12 leaders. They do narrow the list down a bit, but still, the irony is not lost. “That which is wrong is sometimes necessary” – Stacia. So 2/3 or the book is planning, testing friends and warning her brother Zeen who is at the rebel camp and working with Symon. Cia is still incredibly smart and resourceful, but Tomas gets a little credit as he actually helps in this book. His knowledge of plants and medicine is put to use.
“This test for Raffe is too much like something Dr. Barnes or his officials would have dreamed up.” Cia before testing Raffe
If you are looking for an action, heart-pumping story like the first two, you will be disappointed. When the ending finally came – everything happened really quickly and without much description at all. The motives and blame got really convoluted so that you don’t really even know who is “good” or “bad” for certain, or whether anything will really change. There were bombs going off, people getting shot, betrayals happening and a needless death which were all referred to after they happened and second hand. It was very anti-climactic compared to the previous books. The emotional charge was just not there and the overall feeling one was left with at the end was confusion and sadness. There is hope for the future, but suspicion and wariness too.
“Another Secret kept for the good of our country. A part of me wonders if we can ever truly learn from what we have done if we continue to suppress or erase the past.” - Cia
I would still recommend the series, but would have liked a little more from this final installment.
There was no profanity or sex, just some kissing.
Would I/Did I buy it? Yes
Would I read it again? Maybe
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes, you have to finish the series